The Wolfpacket

Editorial Policy

Purpose of The Wolfpacket 
The Wolfpacket serves to inform students of current and relevant events and issues, and to provide leadership by suggesting improvements and praising achievements. Some items are published solely to entertain, but will follow the guidelines of the editorial policy. Since The Wolfpacket staff meets as a regularly scheduled class, publication of the newspaper serves to educate both readers and staff members. The staff strives to be accurate and responsible, and agrees with and adheres to a code of ethics as defined by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Wolfpacket staff determines what goes into the school paper and reserves the right to choose content and determine priority of stories. Although The Wolfpacket emphasizes school news, it also covers community, state, national, and international news that the staff deems relevant to students. Stories are evaluated for news value, entertainment value, timeliness, and a student angle. Material not protected by the First Amendment and not permitted in The Wolfpacket includes libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy, and material intended to cause substantial disruption of school activities. While most Wolfpacket articles will be written by the staff, we encourage students, faculty, administrators, and community members to consider the Opinions section of The Wolfpacket to be open for discussion.

All articles and briefs will be credited with accurate byline. Editorials will not be bylined, nor will calenders, club features and graphics. Photographers will be given photo credits. Pseudonyms are not used by The Wolfpacket.

Opinions and editorials are clearly labeled and separated from news items. Editorials represent the majority opinion of the staff and will be run under the heading “Editorial.” Individual opinion, which do not represent staff opinion, will be clearly distinguished from editorials.

The Wolfpacket staff and adviser reserve the right to use all language protected by the First Amendment. However, The Wolfpacket requires all language, offensive or not, be newsworthy and complimentary to the content of the article.

The Wolfpacket staff is opposed to running gossip columns, holiday messages, April Fool’s supplements, senior wills, and popularity polls because The Wolfpacket strives to maintain a standard of professionalism in content and believes the possible harm to students and other readers outweighs any entertainment value these features might provide. Articles that use satire to effect positive changes may appear.

Photography and graphics are not used to distort or sensationalize news, and The Wolfpacket respects the individual’s right to privacy unless that right is superseded by the public’s right to know.

Professional Affiliations, Conferences, and Workshops
The Wolfpacket maintains a relationship with the Journalism Education Association, Quill and Scroll, National Scholastic Press Association, Student Press Law Center, and California Newspaper Publishers Association.

The Wolfpacket staff strives for accuracy. Factual but not typographical errors shall be brought to the attention of The Wolfpacket staff, which will decide if and when to run a correction.

Time, Place and Manner of Distribution
The Wolfpacket is distributed free of charge on campus, except for the Homecoming issue, which is distributed during half-time at the football game. Additional copies may be available in the library and school office. Copies are mailed to subscribers and advertisers by the circulations manager. Subscriptions to The Wolfpacket cost $20 for one year.

The Wolfpacket reserves the right to refuse any advertisement that could be considered offensive or illegal in nature, and is not responsible for the validity of any advertisement printed.

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Editorial Policy